New American Dining (Truffle Fries And All) at Prospect (Brooklyn)
At the crossroads of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues lies the Barclays Center to the south and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) to the north. It’s a bustling place where the neighbourhoods of Fort Greene, Boerum Hill and Prospect Heights converge. The energy is palpable as people transfer their way through the Atlantic Terminal below your feet and, above ground, they move along the Brooklyn grid to shop at trendy boutiques or dine in one (of the many) hip cafés and restaurants in the area.
Just north of BAM, in the well-gentrified parish of Fort Greene, are the busy junctions of Lafayette and Fulton. Both streets are lined with popular bistros and are wildly popular with Manhattanites and Brooklyners alike. Thanks to the presence of BAM and the hulking sports center to the south it is the perfect place to have a pre-theatre bite or a post-game drink. Just a five minute walk from either venue you can’t go wrong with choosing to dine/drink in one of Fort Greene’s hottest spots.
This is especially true if you decide to spend your cash at Prospect. A “new American” restaurant located on Fulton (near South Oxford Street) Prospect is dapper and polished and will delight all of your senses, tastebuds included.
Tastebuds above all.
With a chef’s table at the back (more of counter overlooking the kitchen), cozy banquettes and a long smooth bar facing a wall lined with booze, there is plenty of space to kick back and relax. As you wait for the server to come and take your order you’ll enjoy the ambiance leaning back and taking in the canvases by local artists. You’ll let your eyes swim around and observe the quirky use of reclaimed word from Coney Island lining the walls close to the kitchen.
And then you’ll get to the menu.
I dare you not to order the whole goddamned thing.
You will be bowled over by peculiar sounding dishes, things like kobe beef tongue with pickled ramps, sous vide duck egg in a milk shell, and lobster risotto with melted leek. They are the sort of items that sound pretentious, yet are anything but. The food on the menu is locally sourced (and organic where possible) and the sophistication of each plate is impressive, regardless of how much/little of a foodie you may be.
Rocking up to Prospect after an afternoon of Chelsea gallery viewings, Mr. Intolerant and I started with a helping of olives and almonds, seared scallops and (of course) a serving of truffle fries. The service was on point and our waiter friendly enough. He was especially helpful in helping me navigate the menu and pointing out dishes that were either dairy-free or could be made intolerant-friendly. When the fries arrived I nearly fell off my seat as the smell alone…my God…I could have savoured that for days. The fries were of such interest I ended up sharing them with the patrons at the next table: a group of 40-something Manhattanites who hit up Prospect after an evening at BAM. The charming foursome were Prospect regulars and eager to share their tiramisu-like feuilletine in exchange for some of those sinfully delicious fries.
Following the starters came the 40 day dry aged duck and a pan-roasted fish, both of which blew us away and had us attempting to pick every morsel off our plates without looking completely uncouth. We washed our mains down with carefully chosen wines that brought out the depth and flavour of each dish without overwhelming the palate. Then there was desert: an almondine cannoli-type confection, which I cooed at wishing I could take a bite. Mr. Intolerant started slowly with it, savouring every morsel but within a blink–or maybe it was two–it was gone. Plate scraped clean and hand raised in the air, signalling for one final glass of wine. The smile on his face told me everything I needed to know.
Naturally, such talent comes with a price and Prospect is not cheap. That said, it is a mid-range restaurant where the prices reflect the quality of the food. When it boils down to overall value-for-money, every penny spent is accounted for. I mean, $65 for a five course menu is sheer insanity in a city where five courses can run you–on average–$100 per person (not including a wine pairing). So when two people have three courses for $130 (inclusive of several glasses of wine) I consider that to be good value.
Good value and a very, very, good night.
773 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, New York
Tel: +1 (718) 596-6826
Tuesday and Wednesday: 17:30 – 00:00
Thursday thru Saturday: 17:30 – 01:00
Sunday: 11:00 – 00:00